The Noosa River connects directly to the Pacific Ocean and is one of the main attractions of the Noosa region. There are five lakes situated off the river, and it ties Noosa Heads to Noosaville. The river plays a vital role in migratory bird life, and also acts as a beautiful swimming hole and a popular location for water sports.
The river can be explored multiple ways, for a comfortable and calm approach, take a ferry from Noosaville to Hastings Street. Or for adrenaline seekers stop along the river and hire a vessel for the day. Choose from a jet ski, stand up paddle board, boat or kayak; whatever suits your adventure style.
Grab a kayak and self navigate the area and get a chance to experience the beautiful nooks and coves along with natural wildlife in the area. The river provides 40km of pristine waterways, so you can spend hours on end exploring. Pack some lunch and spend the day exploring the canals getting up close and personal with native wildlife and have the chance to swim in pristine waters.
If you prefer to leave navigating the river to the professionals, opt for one of the many river tours, which offer a more guided and in-depth exploration of the river. The cruises will take you all the way down to the river mouth and through the canal system. Here you can witness Noosa’s incredible luxury mansions and national park set on the river side by side.
For fishing enthusiasts, experience fishing safaris straight from the locals taking you upstream to the best spots in the area. The river is home to bream, whiting, trevally, mangrove jack and flathead as well as many other offshore species like black kingfish and red emperor.
The stunning Noosa River is an incredible natural attraction worth visiting while you’re in Noosaville or Noosa Heads. The river provides a choice of adventure styles; whether it’s hiring a boat, stand up paddle boarding or merely having a lazy coffee on the waterfront, take some time out to connect and experience the water.
Lake Weyba is an incredible natural attraction and considered almost a remote, secret treasure of Noosa. It acts as an essential fish-breeding ground and is a shallow saltwater lake, just a 15-minute drive from Noosa or 5 minutes from Peregian Beach.
Spend some time by the lake and take the opportunity to reconnect with nature, make the most of bird watching or bushwalking too. The water in the lake is clear as it drains directly into Weyba Creek connecting with the Noosa River so you can swim in it. Or for something a little more hands-on, immerse yourself in the salt water with water sports like kayaking or kite surfing.
While the park has minimal walking tracks, you can still navigate the lake area easily many other ways. To take in the incredible scenery, the best way to do so is to ride a canoe or kayak and embrace the serenity, with access points from the end of Eumarella Road or Lake Weyba Drive. You won’t need to worry about falling in either due to the shallow waters of the lake averaging around 1 metre deep. Often you’ll see kangaroos basking in the sun on the edge of the shallows with bird and plant life in abundance too. For a more intense outdoor, on land experience, cycle to the western shores of Lake Weyba.
Plant life surrounding the lake includes open forest, mangroves and saltpans and the lake adjoining Noosa National Park influences the vegetation. Due to the shallow waters, only catamarans and small tinnies are recommended, as the foreshore has no formal boat access to the lake either. You can find a choice of accommodation options in the area like charming lake houses and cottages, which have been designed to blend in with the natural environment. Set up for a night or two so you can explore the surrounding area. From a lakeside picnic to a sunset stroll, take the opportunity to indulge in the serene atmosphere with the choice of beautiful accommodation options.
Lake Weyba is a tranquil escape that is still well connected to Noosa Heads and the coastline, take a day trip out or spend a night or two at this incredibly peaceful lake.